Houston Dog Photographer

The Experience

Step 1

Let's get to know each other! Schedule a call to discuss your photo session vision and how you want to display your final images.

Once you know we’re a perfect match, sign our agreement and pay your session fee to reserve your date!

Step 2

Session day! This is where the magic happens! Enjoy a relaxed outdoor outing with your pup. Leave your worries behind, your dog's only job it to be a dog!

Step 3

A few weeks after the session we'll meet again over Zoom for the big REVEAL!

Together we'll choose your favorites and decide how you'll most enjoy your images. After ordering, product delivery can take anywhere from 2-6 weeks.

woman and her dog smiling at each other
two miniature schnauzers at eastern glade memorial park houston
siberian husky at sunset in houston texas
chow chow dog silhouette at sunset houston texas

“Kelly is a wonderful photographer to work with! From our very first phone call, all the way through, her communication with me was 100% thorough.”

The Investment

reservation retainer: $250

Digital images, prints, and other products are priced separately from the session fee.

This is a truly custom photography experience so the final investment that each client spends can vary quite a bit. Most clients invest at least $600 on their pet photography experience but you purchase only the products that you love. 

But here's the exciting part...

100% of your non-refundable reservation retainer transforms into a credit

when purchasing $1,000 or more on your product order!

Houston dog photographer Kelly Russo

Signature Session


Your session retainer includes:

  • Pre-session consultation
  • A session for up to 2 dogs from the same household. (Add a third dog for $50.)
  • 60-90 minutes on-location photo session
  • Professional editing of your images including basic leash removal.
  • 25-30 proofs to review
couple holding the paw of their senior dog

Legacy Session


Your session retainer includes:

Special sessions for aging or ailing pets (will receive priority scheduling)

  • 30-60 minutes photo session on location or at your home.
  • Professional editing of your images including basic leash removal.
piebald dachshund standing on stairs in the Houston Arboretum
Houston shit zhu dog sitting in field of Texas bluebonnets
Beagle looking at camera with smiling owner in Houston
black and tan dachshund standing with paw up in the Houston Arboretum

Frequently Asked Questions

My dog doesn’t know sit or stay. Is that a problem?

Not at all! Some of my favorite portraits are of dogs standing up. And rest assured, I have a DEEP well of unique sounds and tasty treats to grab their attention—even if it’s just for that split second while I capture each image.

My dog can’t be off leash. Can I still do a session?

Yes! Absolutely! Believe it or not, 95% of the dogs that I photograph are on leash. Leashes not only keep your best pal safe, but they’re also important for following local laws when photographing in urban environments. Thanks to the wizardry of Photoshop, leashes will be removed from most final images.

Can I be in the images, too?

Of course! I love documenting the wonderful connection
between you and your dog. I especially love capturing the candid moments you share with your pet.

What time will our photo session be?

The most magical light for photography happens during the “golden hour,” which is why I schedule most sessions during the last two hours of daylight. However, certain locations—such as urban areas that bustle with activity during the evening—are better suited for morning sessions, when we can still take advantage of the lovely low-angle light.

For black background equine portraits, early afternoon is best!

Who can come to the session?

Everyone who lives in your household (furry or not) is welcome to participate in our session. In the interest of minimizing distractions, however, I do ask that only those who will be in the photos come along. If you’re interested in holding a session with your extended family, I’d be happy to put together a custom quote.

What about harnesses or gentle leaders?

I can't guarantee that I'll be able to remove a harness or gentle leader from your final images. If your dog usually walks around with either of these, then I recommend using it to walk to the session and between locations, but swapping it for a regular flat collar while I photograph.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, I can work with you and spread out payments weekly or monthly. Payment plans will be agreed upon during ordering session. A minimum deposit is required and maximum payment plans duration is six months. Orders are fulfilled once final payment has been received. If you decide to discontinue your payment plan, funds are non-refundable.

How far do you travel?

I am based in Fort Bend County and will travel throughout the greater Houston area. Travel fees may apply for distances over 25 miles.

Have More Questions?

A successful portrait session is an investment in both time and money, so it's important to make the right choice for yourself. Still have questions and would like to schedule a no-obligation discovery call? Click on the link below to get started!